Swords and Knives: Military History
By: Michael Ruiz
To the history enthusiast, any collection of weapons canraise the pulse and send the mind spinning into the past.Military history can be enhanced with each knife, sword, orrifle found.These artifacts are a connection to the eventsthat surround them and bring out the spirit of those thatcarried them into the conflicts of our past. To assemble sucha collection is the dream of any military historian. It benefitsthose that have access to view and touch the pieces. This isespecially true for the great military history of the UnitedStates.
Remembering the Beginning
One of the many benefits to assembling a collection of knives and swords comes from the memorial of the beginning. Nations are built on the actions of men who struggle to establish a society that will givethem safety, stability, and freedom. The United States springs from a revolution against a global power.This kind of conflict was brought together by a group of colonists who had a need for freedom andliberty and their weapons are filled with the spirit of patriotism.In the history of America, the range of weapons including knives, swords, and rifles can be extensive.The War of Independence is marked by a specific set of black powder rifles, bayonets, officer swords,and personal knives. Such pieces are filled with the honor and patriotism of those that created thecountry. A pride of the collector found in the air near an assembled collection easily reminds any viewerthe exact piece of history that rests before them. The people who used these weapons were fighting tocreate a nation with a government for the people. It is without a doubt that concept that rests alongside these weapons.
Understanding the Struggles
The nation became the ideal of democracy. It found its way through the first decades, but the struggleswere not going to end. The development of a national armed force turned to the weapons that wouldbe needed. Knives and swords again come to mark the first century of the country. The War of 1812 andthe Civil War are two great struggles that history remembers and collectors focus on as they assemblethe weapons used. Each knife and sword carries its own history. From the Marine that fought in Tripolito the Soldier on the lines in Gettysburg, these struggles have left artifacts and tools that will never